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Photos of Benjamin Peter Ashley provided by the Kern County sheriff.

Deputies Shoot, Kill Man Suspected In Deadly Central California Crime Spree

Sheriff’s deputies in California shot and killed a man believed to be the target of a two-week-long manhunt in the rugged, mountainous high desert of central California, authorities said late Saturday.


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$14 Million Can, Bottle Recycling Scheme Busted In Kern County

A grand jury in Kern County indicted five Californians on charges including grand theft and recycling fraud in an alleged scheme that CalRecycle said Thursday involved more than 200 million cans or bottles.


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Political Candidate In Central Valley Who Died Leads Race

A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash.


Police say Jose Manuel Martinez admiited to killing as many as 40 people during a decades-long career as a drug cartel enforcer. (Getty Images)

Man Confesses To 40 Killings

Accused contract killer says he killed as many as 40 people during a decades-long career as a drug cartel enforcer.


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Mojave Desert Gunman’s Life Crumbled To Bloody End

Authorities in Kern County say a man went on a shooting spree and led officers on an hour-long chase around the California desert town of Ridgecrest.


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Lightning-Sparked Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Warnings In Kern County

Authorities in Kern County issued voluntary evacuation warnings for about 400 homes Monday as a lightning-caused wildfire burned through a popular vacation area in the southern Sierra Nevada.


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1 Inmate Killed During Large Brawl At Prison In Central Valley

One inmate died and two others were seriously injured in a fight Monday that involved about 40 inmates at a state prison in the San Joaquin Valley, corrections officials said.


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Helicopter Reported Missing In Kern County

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter was returning to Delano Airport in Kern County when it disappeared around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.


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‘Blue Alert’ Issued For CHP Shooting Suspects

A statewide search is on for the suspects involved in the shooting of a CHP officer in Kern County late Sunday night.


A wildfire burns in Kern County after lightning strikes sparked a number of different fires Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

Lightning Sparks Central California Wildfires

Wildfires sparked by lightning strikes burned Sunday near homes in areas of central California, causing some residents to flee some mountain communities.


5,068-Acre California Wildfire Raging Untamed

California firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned nearly 8 square miles of grassland on a westward run from a Kern County oil field to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County.


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Firefighters Mop Up After Fire Near Lake Isabella

Kern County firefighters are in the final mop-up stages of a 150-acre fire that burned in brush around a network of abandoned gold miles near Lake Isabella.